Do you ever get frozen peas that just aren't great? I got a huge bag of them from my little corner store. Granted, they made no claim of being sweet or young or tender, but after the first serving of the big, starchy things I knew I wouldn't eat the next two pounds very fast.
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Recipe: Frozen Pea Soup I actually used a pressure cooker [have I told you lately that I love them?] and made the stock in 20 minutes, but the directions are for a standard pot. Soup made with tender frozen peas might be too sweet.
1 tsp olive oil
1 pork bone (joint or shaft)
1 onion, roughly chopped
2 carrots, roughly chopped
2 celery stalks, roughly chopped
1/2 tsp salt
3 1/2- 4 cups water
1 bay leaf
2 lbs starchy frozen peas
cracked black pepper
crumbly cheese [I used a Mexican cotija]
hot sauce, optional [I love Cholula]
Heat oil in a medium-large pot (3+ quarts) over medium-high heat. Add bone, veggies and salt and cook, stirring occasionally, until spotty brown. Add 3 1/2 cups water and scrape the bottom of the pan to remove any stuck bits. Add bay leaf, cover, and bring to the boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer of 1 hour.
Remove pork bone and bay leaf. Increase heat to medium-high and stir frozen peas. Bring to the boil and cook until peas turn bright green ~1 minute. Turn off heat and puree with an immersion blender or transfer in batches to a traditional blender. Taste and add up to another 1/2 cup [hot] water to reach desired consistency. Check the seasoning and serve with pepper, cheese, and hot sauce [grilled cheese is always good on the side].
|Stock before simmer... The brown color comes from browning the meat & veggies before adding water.|
Pea Soup in 10 minutes or less:
Use a stock you trust, preferably one you've previously made and frozen. A store-bought stock with an off flavor will give you an off-flavored soup.
3 1/2 - 4 cups stock, cold or room temp.
1/2 tsp powdered gelatin (like Knox)
2 lbs starchy frozen peas
salt and pepper to taste
Combine stock and gelatin in a medium-large pot. Let sit off heat for 3 minutes. Turn on heat to high and bring to the boil. Immediately stir in peas and bring back to the boil for ~1 minute, then remove from heat and puree. Add additional water if necessary to reach desired consistency. Season to taste.
*You know how sometimes when you refrigerate a leftover roast or a chicken half and the next day all the pooled juices have turned to jelly? Or pan gravy made from drippings goes from velvety when warm to bounce-a-quarter-off-it stiff when cold? That's gelatin.
** ...which is why most gummy-type candies and jellos and gelatin-set custards are not vegetarian. Even yogurt makers sometimes use animal gelatin as a thickener. Pectin, on the other hand, is a thickener made from fruit and agar is made from seaweed.